Katy Perry is an American singer and songwriter who started out as a gospel singer before becoming a pop star. Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born on October 25, 1984, in Santa Barbara, California, to Mary Christine and Maurice Keith Hudson, both Pentecostal pastors. Frank Perry, her uncle, is a film director. Katy moved around a lot as a child because her parents were establishing new churches in various parts of the United States. Her family returned to Santa Barbara when she was 11 years old. She had to sneak popular music CDs as a teenager because it was forbidden in her home. She graduated from high school at 15 and went to study music. She briefly tried her hand at gospel music before switching to popular music and changing her name from Katy Hudson to Katy Perry, her mother’s maiden name. Her breakthrough came in 2007, when she was signed to Capitol Records.
Interesting facts about Katy Perry:
Katy Perry changed her name from Katy Hudson to Katy Perry to avoid confusion with actress Kate Hudson.
Katy Perry grew up in a strict household where she was not allowed to watch The Smurfs. She was also forbidden from reading Harry Potter.
Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill was her first non-Christian album. ‘You Oughta Know’ was her favorite song.
Katy Perry studied Italian opera briefly after high school when she first began studying music.
Katy Perry is the only other artist, aside from Michael Jackson, to have five No. 1 singles from a single album.
Katy Perry proposed to Russell Brand after only a few months of dating in 2009. They married in India on October 23, 2010. They had been married for 14 months before announcing their divorce.
Katy Perry owns a cat named Kitty Perry. Purr is also the name of her perfume.
Katy Perry celebrated her 28th birthday with Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States.
Katy Perry is a songwriter as well. She has written songs for Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Tisdale, and Selena Gomez, among others.
Katy Perry gets a tattoo to commemorate each album she releases.
Katy Perry is an acoustic and electric guitarist.
A Barbie Doll in her honor was released in December 2011.
Katy Perry made an appearance as herself on the soap opera The Young and the Restless in 2008.
Katy Perry has stated that she has been influenced by many musicians, including Queen’s Freddy Mercury, Alanis Morissette, ABBA, Heart, Joni Mitchell, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Cyndi Lauper, Ace of Base, and many others.
Katy Perry’s music is a fusion of disco, rock, and pop.
Katy Perry’s albums include Katy Hudson, One of the Boys, Teenage Dream, Prism, and Witness.
Katy Perry has appeared in the films The Smurfs, Zoolander 2, Brand: A Second Coming, and American Idol.
Katy Perry has done four tours to promote her albums, beginning with the Hello Katy Tour in 2009.